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  1. 247SSX

    Thoughts about this 226ssi

    I had a 2013 226 but it had a Merc 300 and Bravo 3. Great boat, nice layout.
  2. 247SSX

    Lake Powell is many things

    That's why you go alone. Us idiots deserve some me time too
  3. 247SSX

    Lake Powell is many things

    "not sure what purpose can be served by trying to cross a tour boat wake up close´╗┐ to the boat" Just being a fool riding his wake, I am not the brightest bulb in the lamp. Thought it might be a good idea to body surf with a 25 ft boat. Speaking of body surfing, last time I did that a few years ago I had a full rotator cuff tear. Took me to about now after surgery to recover. I am still body surfing and being an idiot.
  4. 247SSX

    Lake Powell is many things

    Yes! The screens are angled perfectly. It took my eyes a few hours to really get digital vs. analog instruments but not long. The edit function of these screens is a whole new generation of personalizing what you want to display from a huge menu of options. Hold your finger in place get a menu of choices categorized by sections, drop something in to your dashboard.
  5. 247SSX

    Lake Powell is many things

    That ripple was not what I was on, my wake was a good five feet
  6. 247SSX

    Lake Powell is many things

    Phillbo, I get it and agree with best safety practices with people on the boat and just take your time. I was using my boat to test its limits and see what I could do (alone). I might be reckless to some but sometimes I like to see what my stuff can do. I was close to the canyon buster on his highest point of his wake. I thought I could get over it and backed off at the last second. Who knows, maybe I would have made it but I blinked. If I had been tossed over it would have been my fault. And thank you for the milk jug tip before I went, I left a few. The unnerving part was the unmarked stuff and some of it was in marked lanes.
  7. 247SSX

    Lake Powell is many things

    The guys at Dangling Rope said they get sued all the time and more than one boat has been lost in their wake (pun intended). Whales are unnerving.
  8. 247SSX

    Confessions of a 247SSX

    That's funny, I just realized that image of my boat in the signature is when I was in between getting the repair completed. That light at the top of my tower is the original light and amazingly even scuffed up it still worked after I wired it back. Pictured there it is secured in place with a band of electrical tape to secure it.
  9. 247SSX

    Who owns a 2018 247 SSX or 2019 257 SSX?

    Some one some where told me that starting with the 247 it represented a new Chaparral in that they poached a top designed from Sea Ray and this is the first boats influenced by him. You can see it in the interior as well.
  10. 247SSX

    Lake Powell is many things

    Hatem, this is a good question. I am not used to fly by instruments but maybe I should. I can see how if you are in conditions like that all the time you would get used to it. This was a first for me. The other question is how up to date are the charts with changing water levels? I have to try it out. In the old days (pre Powell) open water with nothing on the surface meant go boating. Now you have me curious to use my technology. I have a dual screen Garmin set up so it should be easy. Thank you.
  11. 247SSX

    Lake Powell is many things

    Every time I go to Powell I think that is the last time but I keep coming back. This last trip included some of the scariest and most beautiful moments. This talk of "whales" (rocks right under the surface) is unnerving to say the least! Nothing like scooting across the water doing 30 or so in the middle of the lake or a big open area and out of nowhere under the surface is jagged tips of rocks coming out of nowhere, unmarked and looking inches from the surface. You have to remember how unique Powell is. The terrain in the canyons that filled with water is made up of those structures. Another 50 or 100 feet of water like it used to be, no problem. Now those unmarked disasters are everywhere. I ended up spending all my time on water in fear of hitting one of those tops. Another equally terrifying moment can come from the tour boats that flies out of Wahweap up to Rainbow Bridge. A giant wake monster that in narrow channels can have that lake look like a series of tsunamis. I came up on one in a narrow area by Dangling Rope Marina and figured I would pass this beast and get him behind me. Wrong. I found myself trying to crest over his wake to scoot past him and that giant wake mountain had me struggling to get to the top and down the other side all at about 20 mph. I felt true fear and realized I was creating a situation where I could have easily been chucked off the downside of that wake and turned completely over. I felt like I was almost at a 90 degree angle. I backed off and slipped back down the face and stayed behind. I instantly realized I had faced potential death in a random moment of boating. Scary stuff. Both of these moments I was alone in my boat. I never do the dumb stuff I might do alone with anyone in my boat. These are the moments far and few between where you still feel a little edge in your life that makes you remember being alive is not to be taken for granted. I bet I am back this year.
  12. 247SSX

    Confessions of a 247SSX

    Thank you Father!
  13. 247SSX

    Who owns a 2018 247 SSX or 2019 257 SSX?

    Thanks Curt, I am not touching it. I am very happy as it sits.
  14. 247SSX

    Confessions of a 247SSX

    I bought my 2018 247SSX last year in MO and hauled it home to CA. I was towing it back with a Tahoe that led me to realize I needed a bigger truck for this boat. Just about killed that Tahoe. On the way in the middle of nowhere NM after some chunk of long hours I was pulling off to fill up, eat and stretch. I decided to make a U-Turn through a hotel parking lot and go back the way I came for some reason, I forget. I'm tired, I'm burnt out, I see one of those drive thru tall canopy things that hang out over the front entrance of the hotel where you can park under when you are checking in, it looks pretty tall, I without giving it a second thought drive straight under it to finish my U-Turn and I hear a clack clack clack noise after I had passed under the structure. On the underside of the roof it had steel cross sections that ran perpendicular to the direction I was going. The clacking sounds were the top 4 inches of my tower light hitting the cross sections. I had misjudged my height by 4 inches! My new boat! I stopped and got out. The lady at the desk inside came out cause she heard the very loud clacks. I look up and the tower light was bent back at 90 degrees and the base where the tower light comes off the tower is ripped open. I am now tired and sick, what did I do? I finished the drive home with my broken brand new boat. Once home I could dismantle the light and the base it sits on. I tried the tower mechanism and everything worked, lowering and raising without any issue, smoothly up and smoothly down. The tower seemed fine. It seemed clear the tower light, base unit and area where the tower holds the light base took the hit. It didn't radiate down into any other mechanisms in the tower. Everything works as it should but s%$#! I found a marine welder in an industrial area. I don't know what I was expecting but this place was dirty and here I was pulling up with a new clean boat in this yard. The welder was nice enough and very good at what he does but I think he welds tankers and tugboats more than a new boat like mine. He feels he can get this done and seems really confident in a matter of fact way and I liked that but he and his stuff was so dirty. Made me feel kind of prissy expecting a surgery room, what was I thinking? In the end I assisted him. Covered every inch of my interior with heavy tarps over boards and held his lines for him and stood ready to extinguish any rogue sparks. It took him a few hours cutting out, realigning the light base to the tower and then rebuilding all the missing area and grinding to a smooth finish. I think the welded area is the strongest part of the tower. The base was back in place and my lead wires for the light and the light base mounts were all perfect. Next I worked with the Chaparral dealer to get the new light and base from the vendor. They had to create a part number for the chrome base the light sits on with the vendor just to get one ordered. I got a new light, a light base and finally the paint from the tower vendor. This all took a few months. So here I am with a boat that looks as it should. It has a story, maybe even a secret. Should I worry that something is not right? It is as good as new? If and when I sell this boat should I divulge my secret? There is no insurance claim. Honestly I think this is my last boat for years and if and when I sell it other things will be fresher issues, maybe. I have about 25 hours on this boat in a week at Powell and a few trips to Havasu. The boat is golden, I love this boat. My Confession,
  15. 247SSX

    Who owns a 2018 247 SSX or 2019 257 SSX?

    "the same engine just with different software tuning" is that an accurate statement? Can I tune my Merc 300 to get another 50 HP?
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